Bangladesh defeated India by 6 runs despite a century by Gill

With an aim of 266, Shubman Gill had been the anchor for India, but he had a difficult time finding a capable partner at the other end. The opener, who reached his fifth ODI century, nearly single-handedly led India's pursuit before he was bowled out on 121 from 133. Only KL Rahul had been able to keep Gill in the middle for any length of time. Before Rahul was run out by Mahedi Hasan, the partnership scored 57 runs for the third wicket.Following that, Suryakumar Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja failed to pose a significant threat to the scoring and Gill finished his innings with Axar Patel by his side. Axar then gave India some optimism, saying that even though he is out of balls, Shardul Thakur is keeping India in the game. After a top-order collapse, Bangladesh rode on significant contributions from Shakib Al Hasan (80) and Towhid Hridoy (54), who helped the team reach a respectable score of 265/8 in Colombo after Indian skipper Rohit Sharma decided to bowl. The most impressive, but most expensive, was Shardul Thakur (3/66) Mohammed Shami (2/32) was the most successful Indian bowler overall, followed by Prasidh Krishna (1/43), Axar Patel (1/47) and Ravindra Jadeja (1/53) in terms of wickets in the innings. Shami quickly grabbed the first wicket for India, and they applied pressure to Bangladesh for the first few overs before Shakib and Hridoy led the Bangladeshi recovery. Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, and Jasprit Bumrah are absent for India. Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Prasidh Krishna, Mohammed Shami, and Shardul Thakur will now fill those positions in the lineup. Colombo is now experiencing clear skies and bright weather.As Bangladesh has already been eliminated and India has already qualified for the final, the match may appear to be meaningless in the grand scheme of things, but given the intense rivalry between the two teams and the importance of this match as preparation for the World Cup, it is likely to be a fiercely contested one. India has historically outperformed the other team when the two sides have faced off. However, Bangladesh have recently won some significant games, and they prevailed 2-1 in the most recent ODI series between the two teams.The Tigers now feel that they are no longer pushovers thanks to these victories. Bangladesh's two series wins over India in 2015 and 2022 are evidence of their increasing self-assurance, albeit occasionally it may have gone a little too far. The fierce rivalry between the two Asian nations has been fostered by incidents like Mushfiqur Rahim's early celebrations during the 2016 T20 World Cup and the contentious "Nagin Dance."

BAN 265/8 (50)

IND 259 (49.5)


Sep 15, 2023 5:35 PM